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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Quieter side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday (subject to availability) from 1 April - 31 October
Price 5 nights
  • £665 (single supplement £170)
  • €745 (single supplement £190)
Price 7 nights
  • £785 (single supplement £220)
  • €890 (single supplement £250)
Grade
Profile
  • 5 or 7 nights, 4 or 6 days independent walking moving between guest houses
Highlights
  • Beautiful historic villages such Turenne, Curemont and Collonges-les-Rouges
  • Escaping the crowds in a less frequented corner of Dordogne
  • Picturesque and varied landscapes with vines, pasture and forest
  • Great panoramic views throughout your walking holiday
  • Lovely guest houses and great food
Accommodation and Meals
  • A mixture of small B&B's and small independent family run hotels offering a high quality of service. Many are in historic properties, set in medieval village locations.
What's included
  • 5 or 7 nights accommodation, including all breakfasts, one or two lunches, 4 or 5 dinners, transfers before and after walking holiday between Brive la Gaillard train station and accommodation, one other transfer on 7 night version, full walking notes and maps, transport of luggage
What's not included
  • Travel to Brive la Gaillard, France; 3 or 4 lunches, 1 or 2 evening meals, visits, travel insurance
 
Walks

Quieter side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze

On the edge of the Massif Central in France lies a beautiful undulating countryside of green pasture, forest and vines where pretty villages adorn the ridges and hilltops. The Correze is not as well known as the more frequented parts of Dordogne, but the villages have a varied character and charm, set in a countryside which changes with the geology, as limestone gives way to sandstone and then granite. Your self guided walking holiday starts near the local centre of Brive-la-Gaillarde and heads south east towards Beaulieu sur Dordogne, on the Dordogne River passing through the historic villages of Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge and Curement all of which are classed as some of the prettiest villages in France.

You have the option of a 4-day, 5 night walking holiday finishing by the Dordogne river or a 6-day, 7 night trail which after 3 days back north to finish in the historic village of Aubazine. The shorter walking holiday (and first 3 days of the longer trail) criss-crosses through a narrow band of beautiful green scenery with a patchwork of fields interspersed with vines and woodland, bordered by a limestone plateau to the west and the rolling hills of the Massif Central to the East. In between the pretty villages there are numerous historic hamlets to add to the interest.

The longer version of our Correze walking holiday then climbs into the higher hills to the east where the valleys become more tortuous, the settlements more sparse and the woodland becomes more prominent. There are however plenty of open ridge tops from you get far reaching views across a mix of isolated farms and deserted valleys. You'll pass through a number of hilltop villages including your final destination of Aubazine where you can discover several historic sights including a 12th century irrigation canal.

 

Walking Profile

4 or 6 days self-guided walking. The walking is mixed with several moderate ascents up and down valleys and hills. On the first two days it is possible to greatly vary the amount of walking which means that the 4-day holiday can be made into an easy walk. The 6 day walk becomes hillier as the holiday progresses. Most days average 4-6 hrs walking. Paths are generally good, although occasionally stony with the odd steep section.

 

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Walks day by day

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Brive-la-Gaillard and welcome at your lovely hotel in the heart of Correze.

Day 2: Noailhac - Turenne

Gentle walk to start your holiday through rolling hills to the beautiful village of Turenne with its castle perched on an isolated hill. Explore its narrow alleyways which spill down the hillside before setting out for a walk around the surrounding hills for great views of the village from all side. 10km - 18km +200m or 450m

Day 3: Turenne - Collonges-les-Rouges

Cross the Tourmente Valley and head back north on the GR480 through the pretty hamlet of Ligneyrac clinging to the valley side. Continue to climb the valley to reach the wonderful village of Collonges-la-Rouge built from a vibrant red sandstone. Explore its well preserved streets and alleyways. Just like Turenne and Curemont which you'll visit tomorrow, Collonges-les-Rouges is classed as one of the prettiest villages in France. Opportunity to walk into the higher hills to the north of the village. 10 - 19km +160m or 430m

Day 4: Collonges-les-Rouges - Curemont

You’ll follow the GR480 for much of the day passing through pretty hamlets such as Saillac as you meander through an expansive and undulating countryside with vines and pasture. Your day finishes in the ridgetop village of Curemont, the third village in as many days classed as one of the prettiest in France. 17km +250m

This is where the 5 night and 7 night walking holidays split

5 night holiday, Day 5: Curemont - Beaulieu sur Dordogne

A shorter but hillier day across wooded hills to reach the pretty, historic abbey town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne on the banks of the Dordogne River. 13km, +450m.

Next day: Transfer to Brive-la-Gaillard after breakfast.

7 night holiday, Day 5: Curemont - Le Pescher

Head north through a beautiful landscape of vines, pasture and forest and then head into the first hills of the Massif Central as the valleys become more tortuous and the hills become higher. Varied walking through beautiful countryside peppered with pretty hamlets. 20km, +450m

Day 6: Le Pescher - Roche de Vic

Head into the hills and experience wonderful views over the Sourdoire Valley, all the way towards the hills of the Lot. Continue through pasture and forest to reach the summit of Roche de Vic at 636m for amazing panoramic views. 15km +470m

Day 7: Roche de Vic - Aubazine

Short transfer then follow ridges and hills heading north with small farming communities and secluded wooded valleys to reach Aubazine a historic hilltop, monastic village. Opportunity to explore a 12th century irrigation canal system, prehistoric burial sites and climb to a wonderful viewpoint. 18kms +350m

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast transfer to Brive-la-Gaillard train station.

 

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Take a look at our other self-guided walking holidays in France

Similar holidays: Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour - Lyon's Beautiful Secluded Hills - Burgundy Monks Trail - Beautiful Brionnais - Serene Lot Valley Trail - Tarn's Medieval Bastides

Bed

Accommodation & Meals


You’ll stay in small bed and breakfasts and hotels where you’ll receive a warm welcome. They are 3 star or equivalent, in historic properties offering an authentic and very comfortable stay. Great cuisine and warm welcome. The price of this walking holiday in the Correze includes all breakfasts, one or two lunches and 4 or 5 dinners depending on whether you choose the 5 or 7 night option. A couple of examples are presented below

Name Type Details Rating  
La Bastidie Hotel Lovely small hotel in a historic building in the small and pretty village of Noailhac. Rooms with great character and good restaurant. 3 stars walking holiday correze central France accommodation la Bastidie
Jeanne Maison d’hotes Hotel Jeanne Maison d’hotes is a small bed and breakfast in a historic property in the heart of Collonges-la-Rouge.   jeanne maison d'hote collonges-les-rouge correze France walks
Travel Options

Travel Options


Train

Eurostar, the TGV & local TER trains run services from London St Pancras to Brive-la-Gaillard, France. Take the Eurostar to Paris where you need to change station. Take the the Intercity train from Paris Austerlitz direction Toulouse. Brive la Gaillard is the 6th station on the line. This train runs regularly during the day and takes about 4 hours.

Flights:

Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Limoges, France. From there take a taxi to Limoges train station and catch the Paris to Toulouse to Brive la Gaillard. Journey time from Limoges to Brive is about 1 hour. Ryan Air & Flybe also have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac, France. Taxi or hire car for the transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station. Then catch the train towards Paris.

Please visit our travel shop for useful links to transport operators. Please make sure you check that the holiday is available for your preferred date before making any travel arrangements.

 

Photos

Photos


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